The New York City subway system is full of surprises, from pizza rats to kitty cats to summertime heat on platforms that rivals the Gobi Desert. But on Monday morning, New York City Transit alerted straphangers of a newfound mammal menace on the tracks: a pair of renegade goats.
Two very baaaaad boys. pic.twitter.com/3fcb9QCxGh— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) August 20, 2018
At roughly 10:30am, the herd of two was spotted by a train operator along the N line tracks in Brooklyn, MTA spokesperson Shams Tarek told us. “They were eating grass. [The situation] was called into the rail control center, and we notified police and animal control.”
Fortunately for the goats in question, the stretch of above-ground track they were found on is currently unpowered and not in service. There are nine contiguous stations in the area that are currently under construction, putting one of the three tracks on the section of the line temporarily out of service, Tarek said.
The track that the goats were found on is currently fenced off, and it’s unclear how the boisterous billies made their way past the enclosure. As of 1:15pm, authorities were not sure where the goats came from, but confirmed that they were safely removed from the tracks by the NYPD.
Monday morning's kerfuffle was the latest in a string of goat escapes across the country in recent weeks. On August 3, more than 100 goats on the loose in Boise, Idaho set Twitter aflame. Less than a week later, dozens of goats escaped a livestock auction in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Now, a mysterious pair of baaad boys have posed a serious question to the people of New York: What do these goats want, and should we fear them?
You can follow the official NYCT subway Twitter account for more information on this goat rodeo as it becomes available.